L'Brett D'Blackberry
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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American Wild Ale
4.1 | pDev: 7.8%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a decent bubbly purple head mostly clear but bright reddish ruby maroon color.

Nose brings mild Brett funk, plenty of blackberry, mild green stem and seed, but very light, faint buttery oak, an almost cranberry tartness.

Taste brings sweet fruit and tart fruit, more blackberry stem and seed, a tart cranberry like, juicy tart fruit, very light on the Brett, bitter tannic seed, lots of it, with very faint buttery oak. Finish is dry mild tannic seed, little tart fruit and blackberry, etc.

Mouth is lighter bod, very little carb, tart little flemmy.

Overall very light.

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Photo of rudzud
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice almost crystal clear light purple hue with a thin white head that fades almost immediately to leave thin halo.

S - Aromas of light generic berry, faint barrel, light tartness. Very subtle and almost bland.

T - Taste is better than the nose, really faint berry notes, light funk, light barrel, some buttery oak, soft tartness that grows stronger as the beer opens.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, rather thin.

O - Overall this beer was really really light and subtle, almost too a fault. Needs more pop.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of zeledonia
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to quirkzoo for the awesome BIF beer. Bottled September 2013. Tasted August 2014.

Pours a gorgeous burgundy red, with amber hues. One finger of fizzy pinkish head. Okay retention, good for a sour.

Smell is an outstanding clean, very lightly fruity, lemony tart sour. It pinches just enough, fills the nose just enough. Stellar.

Taste is fantastic as well. The fruit is a little more present, though the blackberry is still quite faint, like they just squeezed a bit of the juice into it. No matter - there's enough, and that clean, crisp sour is just what I'm looking for. Finishes with a twinge of bitter. I really like this.

Feel is good enough, though not the high point. Medium bodied, could use a little more fizz. Otherwise, it works well.

I really really like this beer. There's just enough berry in it that I won't complain, and the depth of flavors in the sour realm is amazing. Really really good, and very much makes me want to try more Crooked Stave stuff.

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Photo of LowbrowMedic
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Reviewing as I'm drinking it.

375ml purple wax top bottle that has been split with my brother while watching LSU stomp all over Kentucky.

Enjoyed from a 7venth Sun tulip and donated by my friend Dr. Love.

A - Dark purple/reddish hazy colored. Head lasted apx 30 seconds then quickly dissipated to nothingness even after a year of aging.

S - Berries, tart, oak.

T - Big dry tart flavor to start, followed by fizzy berries and small hint of oak & wood at the finish.

M - Found this one to be very light with a hint of mouth pucker to it. Tongue tingled from the carbonation, not very sour but the tart was noticeable.

O - Not overly complex. Beauty in its simplicity. My first CS brew and I am very pleased!

(side note: brother is not a beer snob and when asked for his review he stated "It's good. Like they made Sweet Tart's candy taste like drunken berries." Pretty accurate I think.)

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle thanks to the person I trustee for. Appearance was a pinkish red, not quite purple color, no head. Aroma was brett, touch of funk, a mild hint of fruit. Flavor was slightly tart, brett, again only the mildest hint of the blackberries and I know what they taste like since i eat them weekly. I was a little disappointed in this and felt like the regular L'brett D'or that I've had is better. I feel bad for you guys who shelled out the money for the reserve club last year, the beers have been overwhelmingly disappointing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish purple body. Small head when I pour it, but it settles to nothing.

Smell - Lots of blackberry. Oak. Kinda yogurty.

Taste - Dry, tart blackberry, but it dies off before tasting jammy. That yogurt tartness comes back. Oaky in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Nicely tart, but not quite sour. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Simple, but nice.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - light purple with a thin pink lacing. decent amount of lacing after aging a year

Smell - huge tart flavor right out of the gates followed by a berry smell

Taste - lots of tartness right away like the smell, followed by the sweet berry flavor you smell. Acidity finish to this one.

Mouthfeel - pucker up for this one, but the fruity finish is quite enjoyable

Overall - this one aged nicely. Crooked Stave has put out many fine beers and this is another example.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Bottled 9/2013.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, berry, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt and berry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish/purple color with quickly disappearing head. Nice clarity and color. The aroma is brett forward with moderate level of funk, hints of acidity, and some notes of blackberry providing some lingering acid. The blackberry seems to be a little bit in the background. The taste is moderately tart up front with nice fruity blackberry notes and is quickly taken over by brett funk and notes of sourdough and lemon. Mouthfeel is light and low carbonation for style. Overall, this beer is not bad but not really that exciting either. The blackberries don't shine like I was hoping for. The brett overtakes this beer and takes away from a nice balance.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently I am too much of a CS homer, as I am failing to understand why this doesn't have higher reviews. Had this with DB Huna, Fou Foune, BB Cherry Origins and this was the highlight of the night for me.

A- Blabaer colored hue, perhaps a little lighter. Minimal head and lacing.

S- Blackberry funk, not an overpowering S on this sour.

T- Absolutely amazing! The blackberry comes through with the golden sour. Glorious!

M- Very light, almost like drinking water.

O- The best CS sour that I have had to date. Thanks Jer!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is dark pink with a bit of a haze to it and a light pink head. Nose has a lambic note to it, a bit of barnyard funk, slight metallic twang, strong raspberry fruit behind. Taste isn't quite as barnyard or as bright. Strong brett presence that gets a little muddled and brett is strong. Still a hint of barnyard, some dusty brett with a moderate amount of blackberry. Lighter body, fairly sour with a slightly puckering finish.

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Photo of jjdc
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight purple drank in color. The nose is blackberry and mangy fox. Tastes like 10 lbs of blackberries crushed into the glass with an astringent finish and heavy Brett funk. Not the most complex sour, but it's deliciously refreshing. Perfect for a summer pour.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to ablackshear for this Crooked Stave beer!

375ml bottle with purple waxed pressure cap.

bottled on september 2013.

poured into a Crooked Stave tulip glass.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with almost 2 fingers of bone white head. Quickly drops down to a small cap.

Smell: Hint of blackberries. Slightly lactic and oaky.

Taste: Juicy and lightly tart blackberries. Hints of greek yogurt or a cheesy funk. I taste some sweettart brand candies in this beer. You can really taste the base beer (L'brett D'Or) in this beer, but its mellowed out slightly by the presence of the blackberries. This beer strikes a really good balance between the L'Brett D'Or and the blackberries.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer. lower carbonation levels almost moderate carboantion. This beer has a semi-dry finish.

Overall: I think that this is just about as good as L'Brett D'Or. I always enjoy my fruit wild ales more than just a standard golden sour, but these two seem to be near equals.

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Photo of minterro
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got from a beer trade with someone who had a Crooked Stave membership. Purple wax on the bottle. Poured into a snifter, paired with a small piece of chocolate cake.

A&S: Initially, very fruity almost like a sparkling red wine accompanied with some mild berry tartness. Not really much sour aromas present. Ivory colored fizzy head appears then dies really quickly to a thin ring which leaves specks of lacing. Lively, transparent purple sangria (very pretty) colored beer, with tiny bits of berry floating around.

T&M: Not nearly as funky and sour as I expected. You for sure get lots of berry tones, but to be honest not much else. As you pour the bottom in the beer, the flavor doesn't change as dramatically (and not in the way it does) as I expect it to. Surprisingly, it become sweeter but also a bit more tart then originally. Powerfully candy-like tartness in the finish (and more so at the end). Dry and crisp in the finish with almost a chalky texture in the way back. Prickly carbonation with a light body.

Overall: It was good, glad I tried it. Pleasant and well made, but nothing mind-blowing. It's not exactly what I would normally seek out. Would consider buying again depending on price, but considering the membership cost averages $15 a bottle I'll pass on this beer.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark red like the color of Cabernet with carbonation trailing upwards. Small white head sitting on the sides and a moat of foam in the middle 4

S - Juicy blackberry, balsamic vinegar, sweet tarts, and light funk in the back

T - Up front there is a big whiff of funk that gives it an earthy, blue cheese. There is much more than you'd expect from the nose. After that, you get tartness that is balsamic vinegar and sweettarts, and tart blackberries. The finish has some lingering funk and light musty oak

M - Lighter body with good carbonation. Leaves a slight tingle on the tongue from the carbonation as well as a dry presence

O - A good funky sour from CS. The blackberry is there but doesn't make itself known. The tartness balanced well with the funk but the beer is a bit muted overall. This is one where is be curious to see how it aged as I think it'd be great if it had a bit more tartness to it

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Crooked Stave tulip, a dark purplish-brown color, hazy, with a very thin layer of fizzy bubbles on top; no lacing. Funky, oaky aroma, slightly lactic, obvious notes of blackberry. Pretty tart up front in the taste, blackberries, seeds and all, mild notes of yogurt, grassy funky, and some light phenols that lent a slightly medicinal flavor, but weren't really strong enough to detract from the beer's quality overall. Medium body, prickly carbonation, snappy tart mouthfeel. Quite good overall, but probably my least favorite of the series.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

still a world class beer, but a lot of what makes the base beer so great is lost here. similar to the plum version. thanks to drlovemd87 for gifting this to me, what a guy. the color is flat grape jelly, haze but deep muted purple colors swirl in the glass, head is minimal. the nose is fruity indeed, tart from the berries, but not anywhere near as sour smelling or tasting as the original beer. a sweetness comes in to cancel that, especially in taste, that makes more of a balanced wild ale than a true sour. the golden ale properties are lost a bit too, not as malty or clean or cereal forward. its almost like the fruit took over in a not fully compatible way, but that would be unfair as this is still an absolutely sensational beer, and as a standalone it would be unreal, but in the context of l'brett d'or, it lacks the brilliance. not much carbonation, but it doesnt really need it, quick and dry because of the tartness, and the lightness of the malt. its beautiful beer in looks and taste, and i look forward to other fruited versions, but if it aint broke, dont fix it, and l'brett d'or aint broke!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml, Sept 2013
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Very pretty pinkish purple opaque color. Good carbonation. Thin collar of off white head. Lacing bits.

S: Chalk. Fruit. Funk. Barnyard. Dry. Woody oak character.

T: Nice pinch of tartness up front. Not "sour" so much as it's funky. Prickle on the tongue. Middle of the sip you start to pick up that fruit component. Nice hint of blackberry sweetness. Finish is dry and you get some chalkboard like flavor, in a good way.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.17.13
Bottled September 2013

A - Pours a hazy dark purple with a fizzy light purple-white head that fades fast.

S - Lots of funk, tart blackberry, nice.

T - Tart and funky golden ale with a subtle blackberry finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Nice funky nose with great flavor, I wish there was more Blackberry presence.

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